PBS Masterpiece Develops Clementine Churchill Miniseries

Masterpiece/PBS and Maven Screen Media are developing a five-part series based on the public and private life of Clementine Churchill, wife of the late Prime Minister Winston Churchill, alongside Sayoko Teitelbaum’s David Thomspon and Origin Pictures.

Emmy-nominated “Boardwalk Empire” writer Margaret Nagle will pen the series’ script (working title: “Mrs. Churchill”) and executive produce along with Thompson, Teitelbaum and Maven co-founders Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler, as well as Susanne Simpson for Masterpiece.

The show centers on “the untold story of a fiercely independent, very modern heroine who risked everything to save her country and the world from fascism – and her husband from himself”. While several dramatized narratives have focused on Winston’s story, the series aims to highlight Clementine’s accomplishments.

“Winston said World War II would have been impossible without Clementine, and yet she didn’t get the credit she deserved. We are thrilled to be working with MASTERPIECE and developing a series about this complicated and extraordinary woman,” Nagle and Rattray said in a statement.

Each episode of the miniseries will follow Clementine through pivotal moments in her life, tracing her childhood in poverty with an unstable mother to her origins as a suffragette working two jobs. She was known as “Broke Beauty”, because she refused to marry for money and was satisfied with nothing less than love.

“Mrs. Churchill” will also follow her courtship with Winston and her struggle with motherhood, fractured relationships with her young niece, Diana Mitford (who was brainwashed by fascism), a landmark trip to Eastern Russia. Stalin era and an influential partnership with American Harry Hopkins (FDR’s conscience), who held the purse strings of what would become the Lend-Lease Act that would ensure England could resist Nazi forces. According to the description, the show will be a “window into one of the most remarkable and complicated women in history.”

Simpson, who made the announcement during PBS’ Television Critics Association virtual press tour, added, “Our MASTERPIECE viewers will be captivated by this historical drama about a fiercely independent woman who influenced the course of history. world. Margaret Nagle is the perfect writer to tell Clementine’s true story, and we’re proud to partner with Maven on this gripping series.

Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, Masterpiece has been a staple on Sunday nights since its inception in 1971. It’s for hits like “Sherlock,” “Downton Abbey” and “Prime Suspect,” which have won multiple Emmys and Peabody Awards. Awards. .